BUNCRANA Golf Club’s focus on youth continues to reap handsome dividends with the Inishowen youngsters crowned Donegal Youth Matchplay Champions following a thrilling victory over Letterkenny recently.
And the lads from the “Lowers” recorded some superb victories on their way to the final having defeated both Donegal and last year’s winners Gweedore in the quarter-final and semi-final.
Letterkenny also had an impressive run in reaching the final for the first time. They defeated Ballyliffin in the quarter-final and Ballybofey & Stranorlar in thejr semi-final.
Buncrana drew first blood when holding a 2-1 lead after the 1st leg in Letterkenny and after that performance they were always going to be difficult to beat.
In the second leg Jack Patton and Christopher Duffy gave the Barnhill boys great hope with a one hole victory with birdies and pars the order of the day. However, Buncrana’s Jack Duffy and Craig Doherty sealed the tie when winning the second match and the home side went on to win the third match securing a 4-2 overall win.
The Buncrana pairing of Jack Duffy and Craig Doherty remained unbeaten over the summer and there also great performances from Tom Clare, Shane Doherty, Matthew Stainsby, Shane McClean, Ciaran Bradley and Caolan Mc Hugh.
Results From Ballyliffin
Sunday, October 6th - Confined Stableford - 1, break of tie, Denis Doherty T. (15) 36 points; 2, Hugh McEleney (14) 36; 3, Liam Doherty W (5) 36; gross, Ryan Doherty (4) 29; 4, John Moore (17) 35.
Saturday, October 5th - Saturday Open Stableford - 1, Paul O’Donoghue (7) 36 points; 2, Charlie McVeigh (13) 35; gross, Tim Devine (6) 29; 3, Jim Murphy (15) 35.
Wednesday Society - October 2nd - 1, break of tie, Jackie McGeoghegan, 35 points; 2, Tony Gill, 35; 3, Eamon O’Donnell, 34.
“2’s” were carded by Robbie Kennelly, Michael Butter and Colin Davis.
Forthcoming competitions - today (Friday) and every Friday, Open Stableford on Old Links (visitors E30); tomorrow (Sat.), Open Stableford on Glashedy; Sunday, October 13th, Confined competition on Glashedy.
strabane captain’s outing
Strabane Captain, Dr. Ciaran Kelly, led his Captain’s Outing to Portsalon with a total of 129 golfers making the trip and the Captain was in great form, putting his local course knowledge to great use when returning 43 pts. thanks to a superb level par back nine the joint best gross score of the day!
Results were - Captain’s Outing - 1, break of tie, Paddy O’Kane (9) 40 points; 2, Maurice Doherty (18) 40; 3, Joe Elliot (14) 38; 4, Pat Patton (14) 38; 5, Gerry Casey (14) 38; gross, Ben Corry (5) 31; front nine, Francie Devine; back nine, Gary King.
Results from Club Sweep played in Strabane over 18 holes - 1, Frankie Gallagher (7) 41 points; 2, break of tie, Martin Foley (21) 39; 3, James Harron (10) 39; gross, Conal Cooke (1) with a one over par round.
Thursday Club - 1, break of tie, Noel McCrory (15) 40 points; 2, Chris mcDermott (11) 40; 3, Dr. Paul Armstrong (14) 39; visitor, Johnny Potts (21) 42.
Monday Club - teams - 1, Denis Porter, Jimmy Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner, 97 nett; 2, Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillian, Terence McDermott and Jimmy Duncan, 97.
The Club Matchplay events drew to a close at the weekend with Michael Baldrick winning the Gallagher Memorial Cup with a close fought win over Brian Cairns which finished on the last green. Nicky Patton took the Jones Cup with a win over Freddie Patterson.
The Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup gets under way this Sunday, October 13th with 32 pairings entered.
Notes From Dunfanaghy
Last week’s Wednesday Open was won by Martin O’Reilly with 37 points, one clear of runner-up, Sean Diver on 36 pts.
The pairing of Kevin James and Don Sheridan won last Saturday’s fourball better ball event with a score of 45 points.
Freddie Stewart and Tony Griffin finished in second place following a break of tie with 44 pts.
Sunday’s “Golfer of the Year” Stroke competition attracted a large entry with the superb play of Billy Griffin rewarded with top spot after a nett 65 score.
Nigel Doherty finished one shot adrift to take the runners-up spot.
Recent results were - Wednesday Opn, October 2nd - 1, Martin O’Reilly, 37 points; 2, Sean Diver, 36.
The C.S.S. was 37 pts.
Saturday, October 5th, Fourball Better Ball Stableford - 1, Kevin James and Don Sheridan, 45 points; 2, Freddie Stewart and Tony Griffin, 44.
Sunday, October 6th, Brian McGinley Memorial Confined Stroke - 1, Billy Griffin, 65 nett; 2, Nigel Doherty, 66; gross, John Hanna, 75; 3, break of tie, Colin Higgs, 69.
The C.S.S. was 67.Last week’s juvenile competition was won by Conor Cheevers with James Sweeney in second spot.
In the Cadet Section, Michael Dolan finished just ahead of Max Roarty with Ben King a very close third. Competitions continue tomorrow and every Saturday morning for our Juvenile members at 8.30 sharp.
Ladies Results - Tuesday, September 24th - 18 holes Stableford - 1, Sandra McGinley (24) 37 points.
Saturday, September 28th, “Irish Daily Mail” Foursomes - Gerda Arnold and Mabel Gillespie, 76.5.
Tuesday, October 1st - Ladies Winter Links - 1, Joan Cowan (18) 35 points; 2, break of tie, Cathleen Boyle (19) 34; 3, Ann Cannon (13), Letterkenny, 34; 4, Kit Boyce (23), Rosapenna, 33; 5, Barbara Eakin (12) 33; 6, break of tie, Maggie Logue (18) 31; front nine, break of tie, Rose Gavigan (31) 18; back nine, Anne Sweeney (17), Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 19.
The C.S.S. was 36 pts.
Saturday, October 5th - Singles Stableford - 1, break of tie, Caitlin Hegarty (18) 37 points; 2, Heather Hamilton (19) 37.
The C.S.S. was 36 pts.
This weekend’s events include - tomorrow (Saturday), Fourball Better Ball; Sunday, Club Stableford; Wednesday, October 16th, Open Stableford.